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Museums & galleries in London & Home Counties, portraits, art, paintings, jewellery, science, antiquities, archaeology, Roman & Egyptian history, theatre, comedy, cartoons, chocolate, rugby, canals & waterways, industry and many more including The Royal Air Force & Imperial War Museums, Natural History & Science Museum, British Museum, Victoria & Albert, National Gallery, national Portrait Gallery, Tate, Tate Modern, Wellcome Foundation, Museum of London and many more.

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  • Bank of England Museum
    Sometimes known as the "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street" it stands, literally and figuratively, at the financial centre of the City. The Museum traces the history of the Bank from its foundation in 1694, to its role today as the nation's central bank.
    Bank - Tube
    EC2R 8AH
    t: 020 7601 4878

  • Horniman Museum & Gardens
    Uses its worldwide collections and the Gardens to encourage a wider appreciation of the World, its peoples and their cultures, and its environments
    Forest Hill
    SE23 3PQ
    t: 020 8699 1872

  • Victoria and Albert Museum
    The V&A is the worldıs greatest museum of design and the arts: its collections cover two thousand years up to the present, in virtually every medium and from Britain, Europe and Asia
    South Kensington
    SW7 2RL
    t: 020 7942 2000

  • Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
    One of the most inspiring collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world, illustrating life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through Pharaonic to Roman and Islamic times.
    WC1E 6BT
    t: 020 7679 2884

  • Discover Children's Centre
    New hands-on centre designed to inspire 0-8 year olds to create their own stories. Big hits with small children are the dressing up area and an interactive light and sound installation. Take time to also enjoy the creative Story Garden.
    Stratford
    E15 4QZ
    t: 020 8536 5555

  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tours
    Led by an experienced professional guide and just over an hour in duration excluding time spent in the Museum, this exclusive tour will take you behind the scenes of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
    Wimbledon
    SW19 5AE
    t: 020 8946 6131

  • Museum of Comedy
    The Museum of Comedy is a new interactive immersive museum for all the family featuring iconic props & artefacts from a rich comedic history, one of the most comprehensive collections of comedy memorabilia ever to be amassed.
    Bloomsbury Way
    WC1A 2SR
    t: 020 7534 1740

  • Natural History Museum
    National museum of natural history, and a centre of scientific excellence in taxonomy and biodiversity
    South Kensington - Tube
    SW7 5BD
    t: 020 7942 5011

  • Benjamin Franklin House
    The House, built circa 1730, is architecturally significant, once the home of Benjamin Franklin who lived and worked there for sixteen years on the eve of the American Revolution. Open Wednesday through Sunday.
    London
    WC2N 5NF
    t: 020 7839 2006

  • Florence Nightingale Museum
    Florence Nightingale founded the first school of nursing at St Thomas Hospital in 1860, the Hospital and School have preserved and added to a unique collection of Florence Nightingale's personal mementoes, clothing, furniture, books, letters and portraits
    London
    SE1 7EW
    t: 020 7620 0374




  • Queen's House
    The upper floor of the House has been partly refitted and furnished to give an impression of its use as a Royal residence of the 1670s, and to display the NMM's early art collection
    Greenwich
    SE10 9NF
    t: 020 8858 4422

  • The Jewish Museum
    A leader in celebrating Jewish life and cultural diversity. Engage with people of all ages, backgrounds, faiths to explore Jewish culture & heritage. Exhibitions, education programmes & activities.
    Camden Town
    NW1 7NB
    t: 020 7284 7384

  • Museums ot the The Royal College of Surgeons
    One of the greatest museums of comparative anatomy, pathology, osteology in the world. There are four museums in the College. The Hunterian and Odontological Museums contain collections of historical and scientific interest and are open to the public.
    Holborn
    t: 020 7869 6560

  • Pump House Gallery
    Dedicated public contemporary visual arts space on the lakeside in Battersea Park South West London. It plays a leading role in the cultural life of Wandsworth and is the highest profile public visual arts space in the borough.
    Battersea Park
    SW11 4NJ
    t: 020 7350 0523

  • Sir John Soane's Museum
    Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections.
    Holborn
    WC2A 3BP
    t: 020 7440 4263

  • Imperial War Museum
    Unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'war-time experience'
    Lambeth North - Tube
    SE1 6HZ
    t: 020 7416 5000

  • Science Museum
    Welcomes over a million visitors a year
    South Kensington
    SW7 2DD
    t: 0870 870 4868

  • Dickens House Museum
    A museum dedicated to the life and works of Charles Dickens.
    WC1N 2LF
    t: 020 7405 2127

  • Royal Air Force Museum
    Britain's National Museum of Aviation, celebrates the story of aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the RAF of the 21st Century with one of the world's finest collections of legendary aircraft and associated exhibits
    Colindale
    NW9 5LL
    t: 020 8205 2266

  • Culture24
    On this site there are thousands of museums and galleries listed, many of which have their own web sites which you can access directly.

  • Twickenham Museum
    The history centre for Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons is set on Twickenham Embankment in a delightful 18th century riverside house.
    Twickenham
    TW1 3DU
    t: 020 8408 0070

  • St Albans Museums
    The collections and services of St Albans museums including the Roman Verulamium museum, 3rd largest city in Roman Britain and Museum of St Albans with new exhibitions every few months.
    St Albans, Hertfordshire
    AL3 4SW
    t: 01727 751810

  • The Cuming Museum
    Home of the worldwide collection of the Cuming Family and the museum of Southwark's history. It houses a diverse collection that includes archaeology, ethnography, social history and natural history. A mix of permanent and changing exhibitions.
    Elephant and Castle
    SE17 1RY
    t: 020 7525 2332

  • Vestry House Museum
    Vestry House Museum presents the history of Waltham Forest in the Grade II listed Vestry House. Originally built as a workhouse in 1730, Vestry House has since been a police station and a private house, before it opened as a Museum in 1931.
    Walthamstow
    E17 9NH
    t: 020 8496 4391

  • Design Museum
    One of London's most inspiring attractions. Concerned as much with the future as the past, a programme of highly acclaimed exhibitions capture the excitement of design evolution, ingenuity and inspiration through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
    South Bank - Tower Bridge
    SE1 2YD
    t: 020 7940 8790

  • The Grant Museum of Zoology
    The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 62,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Many of the species are now endangered or extinct.
    London
    WC1E 6BT
    t: 020 7679 2647

  • Handel House Museum
    25 Brook Street is the house in which Messiah, Israel in Egypt, the Coronation Anthems and most of the organ concertos were written, and where Handel died in 1759
    Bond Street - Tube
    W1K 4HB
    t: 020 7495 1685

  • Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
    UK's national collection of toys and games, children's costume, nursery furniture and baby equipment, all in an outstanding red-brick, grade II listed building
    Bethnal Green
    E2 9PA
    t: 020 8983 5200

  • Royal Artillery Museum
    Visitors to 'Firepower' can find out for themselves how artillery developed from the Roman ballista to modern missiles, how it works, and about the men and women of the Royal Artillery
    Woolwich Arsenal
    SE18 6ST
    t: 020 8855 7755

  • National Maritime Museum
    The largest maritime museum in the world covering every aspect of ships and seafaring, in peace and at war, from pre-history to today
    Greenwich
    SE10 9NF
    t: 020 8858 4422

  • Freud Museum
    Centrepiece of the museum is Freud's library and study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime
    Finchley Road
    NW3 5SX
    t: 020 7435 2002

  • Keats House
    Collection consists of books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings and artefacts relating to the life of the poet John Keats (1795-1821), his circle and the English Romantic movement.
    Hampstead
    NW3 2RR
    t: 020 7332 3868

  • National Army Museum
    The British Army's own museum. It is the only museum to tell the story of the Army as a whole from Agincourt in the Fifteenth Century to peace-keeping in the Twenty-first Century.
    Sloane Square
    SW3 4HT
    t: 020 7730 0717

  • The Photographers' Gallery
    The largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists – the place to see photography in all its forms.
    Oxford Circus
    W1F 7LW
    t: 020 7087 9300

  • London's Transport Museum
    Uncover the story of two hundred years of London and its public transport, the oldest in the world. Explore fascinating and colourful displays, meet characters from the past, drive a bus or Tube simulator
    Covent Garden - Tube
    WC2E 7BB
    t: 020 7379 6344

  • Guards Museum
    Fine collection of military ephemera spanning 350 years of Regimental history
    St James Park - Tube
    SW1E 6HQ
    t: 020 7414 3428

  • British Museum
    One of the greatest collections of antiquities in the world
    Tottenham Court Road - Russell Square - Holborn - Tubes
    WC1B 3DG
    t: 020 7323 8299

  • Museum of Rugby and Twickenham Stadium Tours
    From the moment you pass through the authentic Twickenham turnstile you'll be immersed in a world of rugby union history
    Twickenham
    TW1 1DZ
    t: 020 8892 8877

  • Fashion and Textile Museum
    The museum, will recognises Britain's international success in the fashion industry and showcases works of outstanding British and international designers.
    Bermondsey
    SE1 3XF
    t: 020 7403 0222

  • Cartoon Museum
    Exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.
    London
    WC1A 2HH
    t: 020 7580 8155

  • 24 Hour Museum
    Official guide to UK museums, galleries, exhibitions and heritage

  • Ragged School Museum
    The purpose of the museum is to make the unique history of the East End of London, and in particular of the Copperfield Road Ragged School. Opened in 1990 in three canalside warehouses in Copperfield Road
    Stepney
    E3 4RR
    t: 020 8980 6405

  • Petrie Museum
    Has one of the most inspiring collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world
    Goodge Streeet - Tube
    WC1E 6BT
    t: 020 7679 2884

  • UCL Art Collections
    UCL Art Collections contain over 10,000 objects including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture dating from 1490 to the present day. Works on paper are housed in the Strang Print Room, with paintings and sculpture displayed in public rooms around UCL.
    Strang Print Room, UCL, Gower Street
    WC1E 6BT
    t: 020 7679 2540

  • Geffrye Museum
    The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton runs free school holiday workshops and activities on the theme of home. Suitable for children aged 2 - 16.
    Hoxton
    E2 8EA
    t: 020 7739 9893

  • Museum of London Docklands
    The largest, most comprehensive city museum in the world, telling the fascinating story of London from prehistoric times to the present day.
    Barbican - St Paul's - Moorgate - Bank - Tubes
    EC2Y 5HN
    t: 020 7600 3699

  • London Canal Museum
    See inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats
    Kings Cross
    N1 9RT
    t: 020 7713 0836

  • The London Museum of Water & Steam
    The museum is housed in a magnificent 19th Century Pumping Station and centres around the station's five world famous Cornish Beam Engines, two of which can be seen, in steam, every weekend
    Brentford
    TW8 0EN
    t: 020 8568 4757

  • Pitzhanger Manor-House
    Designed by the architect John Soane in 1800, PM Gallery & House has become a major cultural venue in West London. As well as exhibiting contemporary professional artwork, it also owns the largest collection of Martinware in the country. Free entry.
    Ealing
    W5 5EQ
    t: 020 8567 1227

  • The Foundling Museum
    The Foundling tells the story of London's first home for abandoned children, the Foundling Hospital, and chronicles the lives of the children through a fascinating social history exhibition.
    Brunswick Square, London
    WC1 1AZ
    t: 020 7841 3600

  • William Morris Gallery
    The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris, designer, craftsman, writer, socialist & conservationist. It displays an internationally important collection illustrating his life, achievements & influence.
    Lloyd Park, Walthamstow
    E17 4PP
    t: 020 8496 4390

  • Wallace Collection
    Both a national museum and the finest private collection of art ever assembled by one family. It was bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, widow of Sir Richard Wallace, in 1897, and opened to the public just over three years later on 22 June 1900
    Marylebone
    W1U 3BN
    t: 020 7563 9500


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